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RSPB Council

RSPB Council is the governing body of the RSPB. It is responsible for ensuring the Society conducts its affairs in accordance with its Constitution and with the law.

There are 18 Council members (trustees) including the Chairman, Treasurer and three country committee chairmen for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are elected by the membership at the AGM and serve for five years.

Council and its main sub-committees operate to a schedule of quarterly meetings.

Council members

Professor Steve Ormerod FIEEM (Chairman) – Professor of Ecology in Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences. Has published more than 250 pieces of research on freshwater ecosystems, including river birds. 2011 recipient of the Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation. Former chief editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology; Past President of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, past Council member of the Freshwater Biological Association, the Countryside Council for Wales, the Rivers’ Trust and the British Trust for Ornithology. Also served on the scientific advisory committee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust as well as several Defra committees, including the expert panel of the National Ecosystem Assessment.

Mr Graeme Wallace (Honorary Treasurer) – accountant, economist, and former Director of PricewaterhouseCooper. Extensive financial management experience gained from many years working in both the private and public sectors. Assists with capercaillie conservation in Scotland, and as a wildlife guide at a charitable conservation based eco-lodge in Amazonian Brazil. Chairs RSPB Finance and Audit Committee.

Dr Andrew Brown (Chairman, Conservation Committee) – independent environmental consultant; former Chief Executive of English Nature, former chairman of the IUCN UK Committee and former Deputy Chairman of the Environment Agency. Actively involved with a range of environmental organisations over many years.

Mr James Alexander (Chairman, Communications Committee) – innovative business creator and strategist; a partner of The Foundation, a specialist growth and innovation consultancy. Keen naturalist, birdwatcher and strong advocate of greener lifestyles; trustee and former chief executive officer of Green Thing.

Professor Colin Galbraith (Chairman, Committee for Scotland) – former Director of Policy and Advice at Scottish Natural Heritage; now runs an environmental consultancy, working in Scotland and globally. Has an Honorary Professorship in Conservation Science at the University of Stirling.

Dr Havard Prosser (Chairman, Committee for Wales) – former Chief Environmental Science Adviser to the Welsh Assembly Government. Current interests include a small-holding in mid Wales, research on ecosystem services at Cardiff University, and environmental consultancy.

Ms Judith Annett (Chairman, Committee for Northern Ireland) – runs a countryside consultancy practice and has prepared strategies and reports on countryside and coastal matters. Currently independent chair of the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Group and a member of the Irish Biodiversity Forum.

Mr David Baldock – has worked in environmental policy all his life and is Executive Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

Professor Andrew Balmford FRS– Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. Helped to set up the Cambridge Conservation Forum, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science.

Mr Paul Cooke – farmer and businessman with experience in estate management. Qualified chartered surveyor with business interests encompassing property development, farming, forestry and mining.

Ms Sal Cooke – director of a JISC advisory service on the use of technology to aid and support education, training and employment. Active RSPB Local Group member and volunteer in Yorkshire.

Mr Kevin Cox – actively involved in publishing since 1981; Chairman and former Chief Executive of Origin Publishing. Serves on Council of the World Land Trust.

Mr David Cramp – qualified accountant with management experience of the water industry. Group Leader and former Treasurer of the RSPB Gloucestershire Local Group; active supporter of ornithological and natural history societies.

Mr Nick Cross – runs a strategic brand and marketing consulting practice in London and is an active director of a farming business in Suffolk.

Professor David Macdonald – director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford. Visiting Professor at Imperial College, chair of Defra’s Darwin Expert Committee, chair of Natural England’s Science Advisory Committee.

Ms Rosemary Radcliffe – economist and business adviser; former chief economist with PricewaterhouseCoopers; has served on various government advisory and review bodies.

Mr Patrick Stirling-Aird – retired solicitor with a lifetime's passion for the conservation of birds of prey; Secretary of the Scottish Raptor Study Groups; non-executive director of an environmental research charity.